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pacifier

Pronunciation: pas'i-fi-er

Definition: An object, usually of hard plastic or some other material permitting sterilization, which is sucked by a nursing infant for solace.

[pacify, fr. M.E. pacifien, pacify, fr. O.Fr., fr. L. pacificare, to pacify, + -er]

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